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AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: EMMURE/HINDSIGHT

Like any other musical genre, Heavy Metal can be broken down into many sub-genres. Many, many sub-genres. On one end, you’ve got commercially-accepted Heavy Metal, which is normally what you’ll find hanging out on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. Nothing wrong with that – often-times, bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest serve as ‘gateway’ artists, introducing listeners to a new musical universe to explore. On the other end of the spectrum, you’ve got the [...]

By | July 17th, 2020|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: EMMURE/HINDSIGHT

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: THE HU/THE GEREG (DELUXE EDITION)

Mongolia, located in East Asia, is a country that is not necessarily known around the world for its rich Rock music heritage. The country is better known for the lovely and more traditional music that has attracted World Music lovers for years. Influenced by nature, nomadism, shamanism and Tibetan Buddhism, the traditional sound of Mongolian music is inspirational and soothing. However, there has been a movement within Mongolia that has been growing for decades. The [...]

By | July 10th, 2020|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: THE HU/THE GEREG (DELUXE EDITION)

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: CURRENTS/THE WAY IT ENDS

Metalcore is a genre that combines elements of Extreme Metal and Hardcore Punk. When listening to Metalcore, you’re likely to experience the pummeling audio experience of violent Metal yet the lyrics tend to be based in the real world of politics, personal tragedies, and other more emotionally dark topics. More often than not, the lyrics tend to be dark and shrouded in mystery and shadows. Some of the better-known Metalcore bands include Underoath, Silverstein, Shadows [...]

By | July 2nd, 2020|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: CURRENTS/THE WAY IT ENDS

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: KHRUANGBIN/MORDECHAI

Formed in Houston, Texas in 2009, Khruangbin is composed of bassist Laura Lee, guitarist Mark Speer, and drummer Donald ‘DJ’ Johnson. The band’s origins reach back to 2004 when Speer and Johnson met while playing in a church Gospel band. Three years on, Speer met Lee and he encouraged her to learn to play bass. They both ended up playing in Yppah’s live touring band. This experience encouraged the Speer and Lee to create original [...]

By | June 26th, 2020|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: KHRUANGBIN/MORDECHAI

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: NEW FOUND GLORY/FOREVER + EVER X INFINITY

While melodic Pop-oriented Punk has existed since the late ‘70s, the term ‘Pop Punk’ (or ‘Punk Pop”) wasn’t widely used until bands like The Offspring, Green Day, Rancid, and Blink-182 brought the genre to the mainstream, selling millions of albums in the process. MTV and radio embraced this new movement that was as hook-filled as it was loud and aggressive. It is hard to tell whether Pop Punk was a reaction against the slick Pop and smooth R&B [...]

By | June 19th, 2020|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: NEW FOUND GLORY/FOREVER + EVER X INFINITY

Congratulations to AMPED’s own Dean Tabaac for being named a 2020 Indie Power Player by Billboard Magazine!

'Dean Tabaac Head of AMPED Distribution Proving the vitality of physical music in a market with fewer places to sell it is a challenge that keeps Tabaac motivated. “I’m most proud of the combined tenacity of our labels and us to keep physical releases relevant, knowing that other distributors, and the labels they represent, are deemphasizing those configurations,” he says. Tabaac cites the ability of AMPED’s distribution centers to “continually get product into retailers, offline [...]

By | June 16th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Congratulations to AMPED’s own Dean Tabaac for being named a 2020 Indie Power Player by Billboard Magazine!

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: DESTROYER/HAVE WE MET

Throughout the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s, American Rock critics found it necessary to treat the Canadian music scene like a bad joke. When, where, why, and how Canada become a punchline for music journalists remains a mystery, but our northern neighbors have had the last laugh. In the last two decades alone, bands like The New Pornographers, Arcade Fire, Bran Van 3000, Death From Above (1979), and Broken Social Scene have achieved great success in the U.S., both critically and commercially. The older music journalists that once roamed the halls of Rolling Stone, Creem, Circus, and other magazines have slipped away into the shadows, replaced by a new legion of critics who no longer have an aversion to Canadian music makers. The times they are a-changin’! […]

By | January 31st, 2020|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: DESTROYER/HAVE WE MET

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: PET SHOP BOYS/HOTSPOT

In the Pop Music industry, longevity is a rare thing indeed. Most big-selling acts are in the spotlight for two to five years before sliding off the radar and fading into the shadows. Some acts split up and are never heard from again. Others lose a few members and spend the rest of their careers playing county fairs. And then you have and act like Pet Shop Boys, a British duo that formed 39 years ago and have been crafting hit records since 1985. And thankfully, they show no signs of abandoning the music world anytime soon. And for that, we should all be grateful… […]

By | January 24th, 2020|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: PET SHOP BOYS/HOTSPOT

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: BRIAN SIMPSON & STEVE OLIVER/UNIFIED

On paper, musical collaborations always seem to work. In the studio or on the stage, not so much. The intentions might be good, but ultimately, the music is uninspired and forgettable. From Rock to Jazz, Hip Hop to Country, collaborations are normally inspired by mutual respect between artists. However, bad chemistry, ego, or record label interference can sink the ship faster than a torpedo from a nuclear submarine. On the other hand, there are some collabs that exceed expectations. When magic happens, we really need to pay attention. Thankfully, UNIFIED, the 2020 release from Brian Simpson and Steve Oliver is a grand success! While this isn’t their first walk in the park together, it is a reminder that two talents can come together as one and create something new and exciting. […]

By | January 17th, 2020|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: BRIAN SIMPSON & STEVE OLIVER/UNIFIED

OSCAR Update: “Stand Up” – from the HARRIET soundtrack – receives an Academy Award nomination!

TERENCE BLANCHARD HARRIET (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) NEWSFLASH: “Stand Up” – from the highly-acclaimed HARRIET soundtrack – has received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song! While not billed as a ‘super hero’ movie, HARRIET most certainly deserves that designation. Based on the life of slave-turned-abolitionist Harriet Tubman, the movie tells the story of a woman whose courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history. Directed by Kasi Lemmons, who wrote the screenplay with Gregory Allen Howard, HARRIET stars Cynthia Erivo as Tubman alongside Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn, and Janelle Monáe. A film about Tubman has been rumored in Hollywood for years and has now finally made its way to the big screen. […]

By | January 13th, 2020|News|Comments Off on OSCAR Update: “Stand Up” – from the HARRIET soundtrack – receives an Academy Award nomination!